Bloc Québécois Leader on Judge Training Bill, October Crisis Motion

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Bloc Québécois Leader on Judge Training Bill, October Crisis Motion

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet speaks with reporters on Parliament Hill ahead of a meeting of his party’s caucus. He criticizes the addition of political preferences in amendments to the federal government’s bill that mandates sexual assault law training for federal judges. The Bloc Québécois leader also discusses the motion that his party will table in the House of Commons on October 29, which calls for a formal apology from the prime minister for the decision to invoke the War Measures Act in 1970 during the October Crisis in Quebec. In October 1970, the federal government under then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau invoked the Act and deployed the army in response to the kidnapping of Quebec cabinet minister Pierre Laporte and British diplomat James Cross by members of the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ). Nearly 500 Quebeckers were arrested and detained. (October 28, 2020) (no interpretation)